Better Dialogue Audio: Compression and Normalization

Better Dialogue Audio: Compression and Normalization

Having trouble getting your dialogue audio to sound really present in your film and video projects? In this episode we talk about using compression and normalization to sweeten up your sound and bring it to the forefront of your mix.

I show how to do this in Adobe Audition but you can do the same thing in most video editing apps like Premiere, or any audio editing app including Audacity, Reaper, etc.

Now I’m not claiming to be an expert on compression, so if you see things that we could improve here, please leave your input in the comments–we love learning to improve!

This episode shot with the following:
– Nikon D600

– Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AiS Lens
No longer produced, but the newer version can be found here:

– HMNSound Lavalier Microphone

– Zoom H1

Screencast recorded with the following:
– Shure SM-58

– Golden Age Project Pre-73 mk II Preamplifier–sweet pre-amp with plenty of gain and a little bit of character

– Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Audio Interface

Music copyright 2013 by Curtis Judd

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